barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
received bottles of this in trade from kms399 and lou18, thanks guys. beer #8 at the IC gathering. very pleasing aroma of sweet caramel and buttered toast. orangey amber on the pour with some decent lace. palate seemed a little thin but more than made up for it by being buttery smooth. nice BW!
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Duane brought a bottle of this to hey_kevin’s iowa city gathering. Barley wines just arent my thing, but here it goes. Reddish/orange color with a quickly disapating white head. Some alcohol, caramel, and spice in the aroma. Flavor is just the same. Nice creamy mouthfeel. I know a well made beer when I have one, but this just isn’t my style of beer.
Re-rate: Duane shared a bottle of this with myself and Nimrod. Thanks!!! Malty caramel and some hop citrus in the aroma. Dried fruit flavors mesh well with some spiciness and piney hops. Very smooth and velvety - easy to drink. Excellent bw!
Old rating: 7/4/8/4/14
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I preferred this over the BA version. The body is dark orange with a thin white head. The aroma was rich caramel with some bread and pears. There was also a nice buttery note. Extremely rich. The taste was peanuts with some light bread crust. There was also faint butter and some black pepper. Nicely done.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sydney thingo. Possibly another victim of circumstance, but I found this fairly hard going. Awesome fiery red colour. Powerful malt character with some Christmas pudding, quite sticky, and quite a lot of piney hops just like the other Alesmiths I’ve had. It seemed just like Yulesmith only with more malt, and Yulesmith seemed like the IPA with more of everything, which I find a little frustrating for reasons unknown. But the thing that really got me was the alcohol character. I mean I already had a headache but this just tipped me over the edge, unfortunately. I think it would fare a lot better in a more favourable situation.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (RB Sydney XMASG ’05): Light red to cloudy amber. Sweet, fruity and slightly caramel-like aromas with some faint smoke harmonics and tons of peppery alcohol. The alcohol continues strongly in the mouth with an immediate warmth lingering above caramel sweetness, some stonefruit hop notes, and medicinal phenolics and fusels. Despite the beautiful flavours and aromas I found this a little disjointed and, like the Stone IPA, lacking a cohesive personality. Nevertheless, this is an excellent beer.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another gputty hookup. Dark orange-brown pour. Nose is malt, teast, brown sugar, and a touch of hops. Nicely balanced with sweetness and bitter, toasted barley, malt, some fruit and a light hopiness. Really a nice barley wine.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong. Pours dark amber and smells intesnly of Hop and Barley. Taste is explosive sweet/barley/bitter that fades to wonderful malty aftertaste that has caramel tones to it. A great AleSmith beer.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pour was chestnut with big red highlights. Good tan head. Good taste of dark fruit. Really well made, hidden alcohol.
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a thin light beige head. Malt aroma - lots of sweet malt - with a bit of fruitiness. Lots of raisin and malt in the flavor - some hop bitterness peaking through. Some alcohol present. Rich, silky body.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a delightful barleywine, and just a very good beer overall. Obviously good craftsmanship on this one - highly aromatic, fruity and sweet. Sits heavy in your gut for these very cold wintery nights. Not the most attractive-looking, with a murkey body, barely a head. The flavor is bursting with caramel, figs and only the slightest of hops. Nice.